By 2050, the EU must cut transport emissions by 60% (compared with 1990 levels) if we are to limit global warming to an increase of just 2ºC. To meet Europe's climate-change targets, our key strategic aim is to cut carbon emissions from transport to zero in the coming years.
To equip Europe with an up-to-date transport system, regulated with high standards, we need to ensure adequate funding for transport infrastructure. We can do this through research and development focused on intelligent transport systems and on increasing energy efficiency and improving social and environmental impacts.
For cleaner transport, the S&D Group wants to make the polluter pay, so that each form of transport bears the full cost of its impact on society and the environment. We call for robust techniques to put a price on these external costs, so that environmentally damaging forms of transport become more expensive, while sustainable mobility becomes cheaper.
With market surveillance, we can make sure that standards are enforced. In response to the Dieselgate emissions scandal, the S&D Group has been pushing to tighten up the supervision of standards for new cars to prevent emissions cheating in the future. We are campaigning for consumer compensation and a European vehicle surveillance agency to ensure that new cars have to pass the same tough controls no matter where they are built in Europe.